Soccer superstar, Lionel Andrés “Leo” Messi scored a l a liga-high 53 goals and assisted on 16 more in 52 club appearances this past season.
The Argentine forward is #3 on Forbes’ 2017 World’s Highest-Paid Athletes List, holding a $53 Million contract with Barcelona plus $27 Million more in endorsements—the German sportswear giant Adidas being responsible for half of this additional income. He received the Best Player In The World award consecutively from 2009 to 2012 and has the most FIFA Ballon d’Or awards. At the age of 24, he beat Cesar Rodriguez’s 232-goal record and became Barcelona’s all-time top scorer.
“Messi is my maradona,” said maradona himself, as the head coach of the argentine national team in 2010.
His ball skills and his running speed are lethal and he is almost impossible to tackle when he gets his head down, leaving very little doubt that he is the best player of his generation—possibly of all time!
BORN: JUNE 2 4, 1987 IN ROSARIO, ARGENTINA
POSITION: FORWARD | CAREER GOALS: 565